Statement by Chief Mark Saunders
Broadcast time: 14:29
Thursday, July 27, 2017
I want to address the events of December 28, 2016 and the case of Mr. Dafonte Miller.
As Chief of Police, it is my responsibility to ensure that transparency and trust are at the forefront of everything we do as a Service.
I would like to make the public aware of a few important details regarding who can notify the Special Investigations Unit and when. Durham Regional Police was responsible for notifying the Toronto Police Service because one of my officers was involved in an event.
As per protocol, members of my Professional Standards Unit applied the policy regarding SIU involvement with the facts they had at that time. They made their decision not to contact the SIU based on that information.
Many months later, a very different version of the events of December 28, 2016 has been presented to the SIU which required their involvement.
With the conclusion of the SIU investigation, normally, I would conduct a Section 11 investigation. However, in light the circumstances now before me, I have taken the extra step of reaching out to an independent agency to complete the Section 11 investigation.
Today, I have spoken with the Chief of Police for Waterloo Regional Police Service, and he has agreed to run the Section 11 investigation as to how the case was handled. They will look at the procedures, policies, governance and conduct.
As soon as it is lawfully possible, the report from Waterloo Regional Police Service will be released to the Toronto Police Services Board. As soon as legally possible, that report will then be made public.
Mark Pugash, Corporate Communications, for Chief Mark Saunders